It’s Monday. Which means things could be better, but they could also be worse.
But y’all. So much happened over the weekend that I literally don’t know where to start. But Friday seems like the most logical choice. Because on Friday, these crazy kids got married.
NO, I KNOW. They’re really cute. Allison took some of the most incredible pictures I’ve ever seen, and if you’re in the mood to swoon click HERE. You’ll die.
Anyway, I left work early Friday to out to the venue for some hardcore bridesmaid-ing. And by that, I mean, mimosa swigging and lounging around with this bride-to-be!
Emily’s gift to all the bridesmaids were these adorable chambray monogrammed tops and cute pajama shorts. It’s my new every day uniform.
We all had such a blast getting ready together, and soaking in the day with this GLOWING bride-to-be.
Emily and Brent shared the sweetest first look of all time (seriously – LOOK at this), and after group pictures we all joined back together to snap a few quick photos before the ceremony began.
These two though – MODELS.
Emily and Brent couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day. The forecast threatened rain, but the bad weather held off and gave them one HELL of a ceremony.
And then it was time to celebrate!
We celebrated the only way we know how, by laughing our asses off and dancing the night away!
And kisses. Because weddings and happily ever afters make me sappy.
Honest to goodness, the best wedding I’ve ever been a part of. Emily and Brent – you two are the sweetest. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!
On Saturday, I woke up completely and totally exhausted. I was supposed to run 20 miles that morning, but I knew as we were heading home Friday evening, there was no way that was going to happen. So instead, I slept in. And then I woke up and cooked us a big french toast breakfast.
It ended up being a good thing that I decided not to do my long run, there was some crazy weather and insane lightning activity on the trails.
Taylor and I lazied around all morning, and then we finally headed out in the rain to pick up some groceries and get my ring cleaned. Now it actually resembles a diamond instead of a large clump of dirt.
And then I spent the afternoon baking cookies, eating pizza, and drinking wine. The rain made me do it.
Saturday evening we went out bowling with some of Taylor’s firefighter buddies. There are no pictures but it looked a lot like this. I don’t want to be a bragger, but I’m like really good at bowling.
Then Sunday, oh sweet Sunday, was Annual Best Friends Day.
I don’t remember when ABFD started, but the jist is this: we meet up for a full day of shopping and eating. The original intent was to get started on our Christmas shopping, but that always flies out the window in our first hour together. It also used to take place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but then big kid jobs and cross-country moves started to interfere, so now we squeeze it in when we can. And this year, it was yesterday.
We started the morning off with brunch at my favorite place in the entire world, Winslow’s Wine Cafe.
And then onto the good stuff. SHOPPING.
We started out at Anthropologie, because I get a real kick out of trying on things that I could never, under any circumstance, afford.
Allison always does SO well with finding things in Anthro’s sale section, and I do SO well at finding things in the $300 price range. But we played fashion show anyway.
I love all of these things and I’m going to start a GoFundMe campaign in the very near future so that you may all donate to the “keep Natalie trendy” cause.
After shopping, we headed over to Avoca for coffee and a snack so Allison could get a little bit of work done. This is how I feel about her editing photos in the middle of ABFD.
But then she let me have half of her everything bagel and I was like whatever. It’s fine. I’m fine.
That afternoon, Allison had to skip out for a few hours to do Sydney’s engagement pictures. So I stole her car, made a trip to Target, and then did some reading. And then I took a picture so you would believe me.
After the photoshoot, we met back up for dinner and MOCKINGJAY (pause for effect) at Movie Tavern.
We split the warm bacon salad and the mahi-mahi fish tacos and oh my crap – it was all so, so delicious.
Annnnnd then a movie theater selfie.
Did you know that other movie theater patrons really love it when you take a picture and your phone flashes? They do. They love it. It’s the best way to make friends. Or another reaction is for them to audibly grunt and sigh and you’re like PEOPLE CALM DOWN THE DAMN PREVIEWS HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED YET. And we’re just like, whatever – we’ve got popcorn and Mockingjay. We’re good.
Mockingjay was out of this world. I read the whole series (multiple times) and I was still on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE time. I already want to see it again. Like seven more times.
So to summarize the weekend: A wedding, The Cupid Shuffle, sleeping in, Annual Best Friends Day, and Mockingjay – these are a few of my favorite things.
Happy freaking Monday.